Alastair Miles is a British bass who has specialized in music by Verdi and in bel canto repertory of the first half of the 19th century. London's Guardian has called him "the finest British bass of his generation." Miles was born in Harrow, England, on July 11, 1961. He did not study music at all as a child, and when he did begin, at 14, it was on the flute, for which his instructor was Nadia Boulanger student Albert Alan Owen. Miles studied the flute at the Guildhall School of Music in London and spent several years as an orchestral flutist, also teaching at several prestigious British schools. Past 30, however, he became more and more interested in singing. Miles got his start in the field as a lay clerk -- a professional adult choral singer in an English cathedral choir -- at St. Albans Cathedral from 1982 to 1985. He had already ...
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